Dave received Jesus Christ as Savior in 1960 at Vacation Bible School and actively submitted to the Lordship of Jesus Christ at Columbia International University from where he graduated in 1974 with a B.A. in Biblical Education. Linda Cook Shirley, a fiery redheaded Irish-Cherokee, became his helpmate, and they have two sons, Daniel and Andrew. Dave graduated from USC with a Masters in Education in 1976, taught school for two years, then moved home to help his ailing dad, during which time he began a home Bible study that grew into Calvary Chapel Fayetteville, NC, and Fayetteville Christian School. After pastoring for 20 years, he and Linda moved to London to work with Brian Brodersen until the Lord moved him to Calvary Chapel Bible College in 2000. He continues to serve as Director of CCBC, Murrieta, and pastors a campus church, Calvary Chapel Hot Springs.